Young punks set to bring the spirit of 76 to Standon Calling this summer


Punkband, pictured above, is about to rock Standon Calling

When Alex Cook and Toby Ergatoudis sat down and watched the Sex Pistols documentary The Filth And The Fury, they knew exactly what today’s young people needed.

He was watching them from the screen – a punk revolution.

Bored, frustrated and angry, the couple immediately set to work on their mission to galvanize British youth, to inspire them to find their voice and use it.

And that’s how Punkband came to growl, scream, and punch the world.

And now, after a string of singles that perfectly capture 76’s spirit, they’re ready to perform their very first live gig – at the Standon Calling Festival next month.

The two 22-year-olds meet at Social in London on August 18, but the first time anyone will hear Punkband perform live is in the fields of Standon Lordship, near Ware, Hertfordshire, Sunday July 25.

Standon Calling takes place in the fields of Standon Lordship (Photo credit: Martine Xerri)

And they can’t wait to take the stage and unleash their raucous punk repertoire on an audience for the first time. But surely they are nervous too?

“Naaaah,” said Toby. “We just want to go out there. A festival in general, just seeing other bands, it’s so exciting.

“The nerves will probably kick in half an hour before, but right now we’re just very excited about anything.”

The punkband has the swagger – and that gloriously vibrant, energetic sound – of the early punk bands and they don’t know why no one else has it too. And angry about it too.

“It was me and Alex watching The Filth And The Fury, the Sex Pistols documentary, and we were thinking ‘why doesn’t anyone do it like that anymore? “” Toby said when explaining the group’s debut in late 2018.

“I think people take themselves too seriously now in the music scene and we thought ‘let’s change things up a bit.’

“No one does classic punk anymore – it’s just indie bull ****.

“Me and Alex are big fans of old punk bands, so we thought ‘let’s do it’. “

They had grown up listening to first wave bands like the Pistols and The Clash, so these guys are the real deal.

“My dad all had spiky hair ** and I grew up watching a lot of bands with my dad,” Alex said.

And, coming from just outside of Hersham in Surrey, they’re also close neighbors of true punk rock royalty.

“We started literally five minutes from the starting point of Sham 69,” Toby explained.

“If you go for a walk you can see the hangar where they were rehearsing in Hersham. I went to the bassist and chatted with him and he showed me a poster with tour dates from 40 years ago, which was pretty cool.

“So we thought ‘let’s pay homage’.

“I was talking to my girlfriend and she didn’t even know who the Sex Pistols were! I don’t think a lot of people really appreciate this time.

The couple got to know each other when Toby was the manager of Alex’s previous group.

As this group fell into non-existence and fueled by the raw energy of what they had seen on The Filth And The Fury, they turned their attention to creating the music themselves.

“I was in another group and he fell apart,” Alex said. “We were at my house one night, drunk, and we started to generate energy.

“We sat on it for a year, and then when the old band broke up, I thought we were going to try that.
“We went back to listen to it and it was fine so we turned it off.”

Just as Punkband started to gain momentum, however, the croronavirus pandemic struck and plans were put on hold.

“We literally signed on with our management and everything from the start,” Toby recalled. Me and Alex were going to London to meet our label and that day everyone got fired from work. “

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